Microsoft Office 2013 is Done, Goes On Sale in November
"This is the most ambitious release of Office we've ever done," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Office Division. "It spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers."
Microsoft's touch-centric suite will begin rolling out in mid-November, a few weeks after the release of Windows 8. Office 365 Enterprise customers will get first crack at the new software in the next service update, as well as Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance and IT professionals and developers with a TechNet or MSDN subscription. General availability will follow sometime in the first quarter of 2013.
Starting October 19, anyone who purchases Office 2012 from a local retailer or reseller will be eligible to receive a free upgrade to Office 2013 when it launches.